Mr. Shy, former frontman of New Soul Orchestra, is a soul/pop singer, songwriter and performer… and a true original. A native of New York City, he began honing his craft at an early age. With influences ranging from The Beatles to Marvin Gaye to Prince, his own singing, writing, and performing has steadily evolved into a mature, distinctive sound, landing him squarely in a class of his own. Super Star, Mr. Shy’s debut release on New Soul Records, is an album of carefully crafted pop songs with an r&b/urban edge. Guided by a soulful and passionate voice, Super Star delivers thoughtful, straightforward lyrics of love, sewn together with infectious hooks and harmonies.
In early 2011, Mr. Shy released a stunning remix compilation on vinyl, “Mr. Shy Remixed”, and pressed up a small run of just 1,000 copies, distributing them exclusively to club and radio DJ’s worldwide.
This past year (2012) Mr. Shy reunited with 3-time Grammy Award winning producer Juan Belmonte (Cher, Ricky Martin, Whitney Houston) on their highly-anticipated pop/funk single, “So Inside My League”, scheduled for worldwide release in January 2013.
He also recorded vocals for two smooth funk duets with sultry singer Maggie Smile from Italy, produced by Marco Finotello (The Vibes Organization.) The first EP of radio and remix tracks for “Here Comes Again” is due out in early 2013 on Gotta Keep Faith Records.
UK’s Zero Radio features “Super Star” (Megadose Soundflake Remix) in steady rotation. “Cream Of The Crop” has also been featured on MTV’s Parental Control, from Mr. Shy’s album Super Star. Olivia Valere’s Night & Chill, from 3-time Grammy winning producer Juan Belmonte, features a stunning, 60’s-pop recreation of Mr. Shy’s “Super Star”. In 2010, “Crossed the Atlantic” was in rotation on Novoe Radio, Russia’s #1 radio station in America. Sims 2 video of Super Star (Juan Belmonte Remix) was made FEATURED VIDEO on the official Sims 2 website.
1. Top three (or more) tips for new and emerging talent to stay afloat and last long term.
1) Be persistent.
2) Build a fan base that really recognizes your talents and appreciates them. Doing it over a long period and keeping at it,; growing it steadily, will pay dividends.
3) Always look at new ways to promote. It’s dog eat dog these days in the industry, which is not a bad thing really. Everyone can be their own label and with the internet and social media, the sky’s the limit.
2. What has been one of the toughest music related experiences you’ve faced?
While there are always minefields and obstacles in the music “industry” (in quotes because it’s so liquidated now with the digital/online industry) as there are in any field, for me it was doing live shows locally and running a band. Keeping a band together in a big cultural city like NYC, saturated with artists and musicians, is definitely a challenge in many ways. To start, it costs a lot of money, as you usually have to pay musicians, unless the band is “in the family” or good friends you have grown up with. Booking gigs, even at the smallest venues, tests your self-esteem as everyone has an attitude. Anyway, I’m going on a rant and some people love to play along in this atmosphere, but I’m too much of a “sensitive artist” sometimes.
3. How did you get through or deal with it?
I stopped doing live shows, as much as I miss performing. But really, unless you’re a signed act and/or you have extra funds — when living in a city that has a high cost of living — there’s not much to gain spending hundreds of dollars just to perform in front of 20 or 30 people, tops (and that’s on a good night.)
4. What did you learn?
I learned that there are many ways to get your music out there and heard. But I also learned that if you have the skin for going the live route to build a fan base then definitely do that. Many singers and artists still make it the old-fashioned way, but money and where you’re starting out has a lot to do with it.
5. What music/entertainment related book, Blog, film or documentary would you recommend to inspire someone and why?
Gosh, that’s a hard one to answer as the market is so saturated with resources, but I always find documentaries of what other musicians/bands go through, inspirational. There are so many to name, I don’t know where to begin. Going back anyways, I love Woodstock and Gimme Shelter (tapping into my old-school retro rock persona there :))